Next up on the race calendar is the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. I haven’t run this race since the inaugural year, so I’m looking forward to going back for the 5th anniversary to see how much it has changed. I’m also excited to go back to Disneyland. It’s been a few years, and I always love visiting. Even when crowded, it always feels so much less hectic than a trip down to Walt Disney World.
In terms of the race, I’m feeling relatively unprepared. I mean, I’m fairly sure I’m trained well enough, though let’s be honest, anything can happen. I’m not in any danger of getting swept or anything, but I’ve been focusing so much on my biking that I forget that I’ve got a running race on the schedule.
This is the last runDisney race on my schedule for a while. I’ve definitely gotten a bit burnt out by the the cost and the attitudes. My worst experiences have been at Princess, so I’m hoping this women’s themed race doesn’t have the negative presence that I’ve seen there.
I think the biggest problem is that these have gone from running events to… marketing events? Social events? Experiential events? I don’t know what to call them. But the racing is no longer the draw, and that feels weird. I like a good race experience as much as the next person, but it’s the actual race that is the draw, not the surrounding experience. I actually want to run. I don’t think everyone who signs up for these races feels that way.
Either way, next up, it’s off to California (which is stupidly far from DC, so it’s going to be a lot of traveling). Here’s hoping it’s somewhat of a relaxing trip and that I don’t end up on the phone with the office half the time!
I did this one the last year it was in January and it was pretty awesome – a much more relaxed experience, especially the ability to just walk straight from my hotel to my corral. I definitely want to go back, maybe for the Disneyland Half. Have fun! Take pictures! Write a trip report!
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I couldn’t agree more with your take on runDisney events. I sure hope this Tinkerbell half is a better experience for you!! Tink is on my “list” to run…possibly next year! 🙂